The "Jersey Shore" alum said he and Haqq felt a strong attraction when they met each other on the second season of E!'s "Famously Single," which is set to premiere Sunday.
“Right off the bat, we had jokes with each other and we got each other’s sense of humor, you know?” Ortiz-Magro told TooFab (above). “And it was just that comfort level and you really get to see [that] within the first 20 minutes. The connection was right from the jump.”
The reality show co-stars confirmed that they were dating last December, but transitioned to being just friends after splitting in February.
“We knew that we were going through a bunch of different things and we just wanted to do it together and then after the show we realized that connection was a friendship. And that’s what it was. The attraction was there, but we just didn’t feel like pursuing it any further. We felt like we got what we were going to get out of it and now we just go our separate ways.”
Ortiz-Magro said she knew exactly who he was when he arrived on set because she watched “Jersey Shore” when it aired on MTV, but he’s only heard of Haqq because he’s seen her out and about.
“I never really watched the Kardashians. I knew that she was Khloe’s friend and I’ve seen Khloe out, but I never really knew her personality until I got into the house. She’s cool and really chill, great sense of humor, which is something that I always look for in a girl.”
Ortiz-Magro is known for his rollercoaster relationship with Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola throughout all six seasons of "Jersey Shore," but wanted to talk to a therapist to learn how to understand his feelings so he could move on.
“[Sammi and I] were speaking before the show and then we just realized that it’s better to just go our own separate ways and see what it’s possibly like without each other in it and see what the world has to offer.”
And in Ronnie’s world, that is Dr. Darcy’s relationship therapy show.
“I was at a point in my life that I was done trying the same by dating different girls and trying to get to know them and then realizing I didn’t like them so I was like you know what, let me try going on ‘Famously Single.’ It worked for Pauly [DelVecchio}, so maybe it will work for me.”
"Famously Single" airs Sundays at 10 on E!